FAIRMONT – Funeral services for Wendell “Goldy” Christensen, 96, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 1, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and the Martin Co. V.F.W. Post 1222.
Wendell passed away Sunday morning, March 24, 2013, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wendell G. “Goldy” Christensen was born March 13, 1917, in his home at 524 East Third St., Fairmont, Minn., the son of a Danish immigrant Andrew M. L. Christensen (1892-1952) and mother Ellen M. (Sansen) Christensen (1894-1917).
He attended school in Fairmont and graduated from Fairmont High School with the class of 1935. He then attended Dunwoody Trade School in the fall. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology Feb. 3, 1943. He served in the Minnesota National Guard Company in Fairmont, Company “E” 205th Infantry Unit for 6 years. Wendell entered the U.S. Army on March 3, 1943, during World War II in the 1304th Engineer Construction Battalion in the China, Burma, India area and was instrumental in building the Burma-Ledo Road until he was honorably discharged in March of 1946. Wendell was united in marriage to Alice M. Peterson on Oct. 13, 1946, at Grace Lutheran Church on 323 East First Street in Fairmont. Following World War II, he returned to Christensen Lumber & Millwork, Inc. as its secretary/treasurer, president and construction manager until his retirement. He served as director and president of the Fairmont Development Corp, Director of Reserved Supply of St. Paul, The First National Bank and Lakeview Methodist Home, was a member of the Fairmont Lake Dredging Committee, Fairmont Junior Chamber of Commerce, Bureau 9 and 12, he was a former Veterans and Federal Housing appraiser and inspector, was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, where he served on various boards and committees, a member of the China, India and Burma Veterans Association and a life member of the American Legion, VFW and Exchange Club. He was also a past president of the Interlaken Golf Club when the club was expanded to an 18-hole course. He is survived by daughter, Pamela J. Heinbuch and husband John; grandchildren, Ryan Frisch, Courtney Frisch, Tyson Frisch and wife Kelli, Kate (Jentz) McKane and husband Scott, and Tim Jentz; three great-grandchildren, Carter and Cohen McKane and Tessa Frisch. In addition to his parents, Wendell was also preceded in death by wife Alice, daughter Lois Ellen (Christensen) Jentz, and brother Wesley A. E. Christensen.